They can be mad at me, they can disagree with me, but my children can, for the most part, tell you how I will react or act in almost any given situation. Because I am consistent.
Biggest struggle in being consistent? Sometimes I wonder if my initial reaction was too extreme and then I don’t want to follow through because I’m calmer when actually faced with my toddler’s tearful face. Do I follow through with a consequence that I think is too heavy? So I’m working on being more intentional with the type consequences I’m promising my children so that I don’t second guess myself when it’s time to deliver. This actually happens a lot less than it used to. I realized how harmful it was for me to be acting out of temper with my son, so I’m working on it.